THANK YOU! Thank you for the posted comments and e-mails regarding the new-teacher-swiping-my-stuff incident. As I mentioned in the comments, I was told by some that I was "overreacting" to the situation so it was quite refreshing to hear that most of you would feel irked by the situation too.
Also, I'd like to explain why I would do something so counterintuitive as to BUY THE
THIEF GIRL A GIFT! I know, sounds irrational, I know. First let me first acknowledge that I am a nice girl, yes. But I'm not a nice girl of the door mat variety, mind you. I will loudly express my discontent if need be. Just ask my husband. He's witnessed me yell like a trucker to idiot drivers. But I digress.
I think mostly this is cultural. Growing up, it was ingrained in my mind that if someone does something nice for you, you show your appreciation by reciprocation. Case in point: Someone brings over homecooked food in say, a pyrex dish. Upon returning the dish, I was taught, one should fill it with equally scrumptious delicacies (I know, this sounds a bit extreme. I've never actually done this myself, but my mother does religiously). Thank you cards were the norm at my house; in fact, I think a bit too much. Like let's say uncle gives you $100 for your birthday. You had better write that darn thank you card and have it sent asap or else! Yes, gratitude is of utmost importance in my family. Avoid the SHUNNING! Write that thank you card!
Upon graduating from college, and especially when I got married, family and family friends bestowed upon Hank and me, monetary gifts galore. And when other friends and family members wed or graduated, my parents reciprocated in like. It's similar to "It takes a village" concept. Everyone chips in to help out. I think it's a Hawaii thing, am I right Little Things? Or JustJenn? Sometimes I get caught up in the obligation of it all, and I must say it's a hard habit to break.
Anyway, I have yet to give Thief Teacher her $4.00 pen from Target. I don't know if I will. But I do know, that I wrote her a note (since I am off on Thursdays), letting her know just how I felt about the situation. Hopefully this will clear the air. Hmmmm, I think I just may keep that pen after all.